India won Hockey World Cup 40 years ago by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur

On 15th March 1975, exactly 40 years ago, the India’s Men Hockey team had won World Cup by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in the historic Finals of the 1975 Hockey World Cup. It was a moment of pride that day and it is a moment of pride for every Indian today, but India has failed to repeat the same feat again in these 40 years.

Cakes to celebrate 40th year of Hockey World Cup win at a get-together hosted by the captain of 1975 team Ajit Pal Singh

Cakes to celebrate 40th year of Hockey World Cup win at a get-together hosted by the captain of 1975 team Ajit Pal Singh

Watch the full recording of final match of 1975 Hockey World Cup Here.

After 3 medals in first editions, Bronze, Silver and Gold in 1971, 1973 and 1975 respectively, India has failed to make it to top four in next 10 editions till 2014. India will host the 14th edition of prestigious hockey event in 2018, we wish good luck to Indian Hockey team for the event and expect them to better their performance, when hosts best of the best hockey teams at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

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Kookaburras defended their World Cup Title Successfully

Australia powered to a sensational 6-1 victory over host nation the Netherlands in the men’s final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Drag-flicking defender Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick to help the Kookaburras retain the title that they won four years ago in New Delhi, India.

  • Australia successfully defend Hockey World Cup title with 6-1 win over the Netherlands
  • IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge on site to witness hockey spectacle
  • Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles named Rabobank Best Player of the Tournament

While 11th ranked Argentina continued to impress as they defeated England by 2-0 to win the Bronze Medal, which is 2nd for the coach Carlos Retegui, who is the head of both Los Leones and Las Leonas, Men’s and Women’s Hockey team of Argentina.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – MEN: Final standings
Gold: Australia; Silver: The Netherlands; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: England; 5th: Belgium; 6th: Germany; 7th: New Zealand; 8th: Spain; 9th: India; 10th: Korea; 11th: South Africa; 12th: Malaysia

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Tournament Awards – Men
Rabobank Best Player: Mark Knowles, Australia
Hero Best Junior Player: Jeremy Hayward, Australia
Volvo Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann, Netherlands
Hero Top Scorer: Gonzalo Peillat, Argentina
Ten Cate Best Goal: Sebastien Dockier, Belgium Continue reading →

2nd Bronze for Retegui in 2 days as Argentina men beat England

It is 2nd Bronze Medal for Argentina’s head coach Carlos Retegui in two days, as  the Los Leones defeated England 2-0 the 3rd/4th place play off of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in the Hague. Yesterday, Las Leonas coached by Retegui also won the Bronze Medal in women’s competition as they defeated USA by 2-1.

England's Ashley Jackson walks past Argentine celebrations at the end of the bronze medal match at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Ashley Jackson walks past Argentine celebrations at the end of the bronze medal match at RHWC2014 in The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England Captain Barry Middleton and his side can be proud of their two week journey at the World Cup as they matched their world ranking position of fourth, but that was little conciliation for England as they fell to their knees at full time.

Head Coach Bobby Crutchley’s side gave everything across the 70 minutes but were unable to convert the chances they created. It was Los Leones’ Matias Paredes who shattered any dreams of a medal for England with a quick-fire brace in the 55th & 56th minute to seal the 2-0 victory. Argentina came into this tournament ranked 11th, but have finished with their first ever medal at a World Cup and will be assured of a rise in the rankings following the tournament. Continue reading →

Netherlands women crowned Rabobank Hockey World Cup champions

The Netherlands have been crowned as winners of the Women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

  • IOC President Thomas Bach joins FIH President Leandro Negre on stage for prize-giving ceremony
  • Eight-time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar scores two in Argentina bronze-medal win
  • A capacity 15,000-member crowd cheered the Netherlands on to gold

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) President Leandro Negre on stage for the prize-giving ceremony in The Hague. President Bach travelled to the Netherlands along with many IOC members to witness FIH’s hugely successful showpiece.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – Women: Final standings
Gold: The Netherlands; Silver: Australia; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: USA; 5th: New Zealand; 6th: China; 7th: Korea; 8th: Germany; 9th: South Africa; 10th: Japan; 11th: England; 12th: Belgium

Tournament Awards
Rabobank Best Player: Ellen Hoog, Netherlands
Hero Best Junior Player: Florencia Habif, Argentina
Interpolis Best Goalkeeper: Rachael Lynch, Australia
Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands
Adidas Best Goal: Kim Lammers, Netherlands Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men finish 7th, Belgium 5th in RHWC2014

The Black Sticks Men have defeated Spain 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out to secure seventh place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague. While Belgium beat London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany 4-2 to take 5th place.

Black Sticks Simon Child in action during shoot-out in 7th place play off against Spain at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Black Sticks Simon Child in action during shoot-out in 7th place play off against Spain at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Chritopher Zeller gave lead to Germans in 18th minute, but Tom Boon and Tanguy Cosynus scored penalty corner goals in 25th and 40th minutes to earn lead for Belgium. German Florian Fuchs restored the parity in 56th minute, only to go down again in 59th minute when Floren van Aubel found the target. Evergreen Sebastian Dockier scored one more for Belgium to ensure the 5th place for his team.

In 7th place match, Kane Russell scored for the Kiwis just out from halftime before Spain equalised late in the second half to take the 7th/8th classification playoff to a one-on-one penalty shoot-out. Continue reading →

Netherlands Won Women’s RHWC2014, Silver for Hockeyroos

The hosts and London Olympics Gold Medalist, Netherlands women’s Hockey team defeated Hockeyroos to win the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague.

Netherlands: The Champions of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: FIH / Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Netherlands: The Champions of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: FIH / Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Final Standings: 1. Netherlands (gold medal); 2. Australia (silver medal); 3. Argentina (bronze medal); 4. USA; 5. New Zealand; 6. China; 7. Korea; 8. Germany; 9. South Africa; 10. Japan; 11. England; 12. Belgium
Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Awards:
Rabobank Best Player: Ellen Hoog, Netherlands
Hero Best Junior Player: Florencia Habif, Argentina
Interpolis Best Goalkeeper: Rachael Lynch, Australia
Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands
Adidas Best Goal: Kim Lammers, Netherlands

With winning the silver medal, the Hockeyroos are expected to rise to second in the world rankings. It is the Australian women’s third World Cup silver medal, adding to those won in 1990 and 2006. Continue reading →